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Ports of Casablanca and Marseille collaborate on Casablanca’s ‘smart port’ transformation

A delegation of Moroccan officials and business representatives visited France in January to learn about the automated traffic management technologies used in the port of Marseille Fos. The visit was jointly organised by the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation, which is currently leading a project to digitise port operations at the Morocco’s ports, and the National Port Agency of Morocco.

New training opportunities for customs clearing agents in Malawi

Customs Clearing Agents in Malawi are to be offered accredited training as part of a new trade facilitation project being launched today by the Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) and the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation. The project will introduce a new licensing framework for clearing agents, complete with a training course and examination to ensure that they have the knowledge and skills they need to facilitate trade efficiently and in line with Customs regulations in Malawi.

Alliance supports INMETRO to join Brazil Customs’ AEO programme

Brazil’s National Standards Agency, INMETRO, has officially joined the Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) programme of Brazilian Customs, Receita Federal. The agreement between the two agencies means companies who become AEO-certified ‘trusted traders’ with Receita will also be able to benefit from simpler and faster interactions with INMETRO.

Morocco and the Netherlands share insights on digitising agri-trade

A delegation of Moroccan officials from the National Office for Food Safety (l’Office Nationale de Sécurité Sanitaire des produits Alimentaires – ONSSA) and the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Rural Development, Water and Forests (Ministère de l’agriculture, de la pêche maritime, du développement rurale et des eaux et forêts) travelled to the Netherlands as part of a project to digitise trade documents for Morocco’s agri-food sector

International knowledge exchange to help improve ease of trade with Zambia

A delegation of Zambian government officials and business leaders is in the United States this week as part of a project to make trade with Zambia simpler, faster and more cost effective. The project, which is being led by the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation and the Zambia Revenue Authority, is introducing new training and licensing procedures for customs clearing agents in Zambia. The 14-strong delegation is spending one week talking to government and business representatives about the role of customs clearing agents in the U.S.